Azalea Cove Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Union Valley Reservoir

Campsite at Azalea Cove Campground, Union Valley Reservoir, CA

Azalea Cove Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to Azalea Cove Campground at Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest find some wonderful outdoor adventures nearby.

  • Take advantage of the bike trail around Union Valley Reservoir.
  • Try fishing in all the lakes and streams in the Crystal Basin.
  • Enjoy boating and water skiing on Crystal Basin lakes.
  • Set out on a hike into the Desolation Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Try mountain biking along the network of logging roads.

Places to Visit

  • Visit historic Placerville and tour Gold Rush era buildings.
  • Explore the Crystal Basin, including stunningly beautiful Wrights Lake.
  • Drive up Highway 50 to Strawberry and Lovers' Leap rock.
  • Visit ski resorts and snow play areas along with cross country ski trails
  • Spend the day high on Echo Summit at Echo Lakes.

Key Azalea Cove Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  2. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  4. Help prevent the spread of invasive pests by obtaining firewood locally.

Azalea Cove Campground

Azalea Cove Campground is spread along the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the beautiful Crystal Basin. This walk-in or boat-in campground is only about ½ mile by foot from the nearest parking area or a mile by boat from the nearest launch ramp. Campers must bring in their own water, but other typical campground features are provided. Camping is free.

The 10 campsites at Azalea Cove Campground are well spaced out and set back in the trees for privacy, but still with views of the lake. The bike trail which extends 4½ miles around the lake runs between the campsites and lake shore.

Notice: Azalea Cove Campground will be closed from May through June of 2018 for upgrades.

Azalea Cove Campground Basics
Azalea Cove Campground Location: Off Ice House Road, 16 miles from Highway 50
Elevation: 4,860 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 81 miles, 1:43
Campground Open: Late-May through early September
Number of Sites: 10
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: NA
Wheelchair accessible Sites: Some are accessible
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Azalea Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: Available at Fashoda Campground
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Azalea Cove Campground: Enjioy Union Valley Reservoir for boating and fishing. Hike or bike around most of the lake on the paved Bike Trail. Take advantage of Sunset Boat Ramp. Visit Ice House Reservoir and Loon Lake.

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website. Information is available at the Crystal Information Station east of Union Valley Reservoir on Ice House Road during the summer.
Horses and motor vehicles are not permitted on the bike trails at Union Valley Reservoir. Horses are permitted on the Ice House Reservoir bike trail.

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